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Do The Chiefs Already Have Another Tony Gonzalez?

Tony+Gonzalez+Denver+Broncos+v+Kansas+City+bW6hmIBt1HJlI remember the days of TG catching everything all over the field. He was magnificent, a true revolution to the TE position. So when trade talks were rumored that Tony could come back to Kansas City, I was truly hopeful they could find a way. Knowing this was imposable considering Atlanta would want far to much for him I was not all that surprised when the time came and then went with no deal done. Once the disappointment came and went, I started to think if KC fans would ever see another TE that could remotely fit the position that Gonzalez left behind, and I think I may have found him.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying if the Chiefs did this all things would be fixed. If they tried this it could potentially be a massive flop and you could be calling me an epic idiot after it all went terribly wrong. With that being said I think there’s a gigantic opportunity on this roster that the Chiefs are not taking advantage of. A opportunity that would not only solve a few problems with the offense but make this player finally show us why they pay him so much.

Who is this player? Well how about Dwayne Bowe? Bowe you say… Yes Bowe! So far this season he has not produced for this offense. Why you say? Well Alex Smith is the answer to that question. No, No, No, I’m not talking trash on Smith. I think he has been a fantastic fit for this offense. Problem is Bowe is big and slow which makes him an easy cover assignment for almost any NFL corner. He is not fast on his breaks and route running is not that crisp and clean and when he does run a fantastic route the corner can almost always catch right back up with him. Bowe is a type of WR you throw to his back shoulder, or up in the air and let him fight for it. Here lies the problem with Smith as his QB. Smith will not do any of that, he will not throw to Bowe unless he is completely open. How many times have you seen Bowe jump for a ball this season? ZERO!!!

nfl_g_bowe_600So here is my bold suggestion to Andy Reid, and he would probably will tell me I am completely nuts!
….If so he can give me a call, I would love to talk to Big Red!

Anyways…

I say why not set Bowe up as the second TE? It is no secret that Andy Reid loves to run the two TE set, so why not allow Bowe to set up on the weak side as that guy? Bowe is tall (6′ 2″) and big (221lbs) and we have seen this year he can block fairly well. He would also be a nightmare for any NFL linebacker to try to cover. With Bowe’s size and ball skill he could work the middle of the field like no one has seen. Well, since Tony Gonzalez… but maybe, just maybe he could be even better then TG in that position.

The Chiefs revolutionized the TE position with a former basketball player Tony Gonzalez, could they do it again with a WR turned TE with Bowe?

 

 

 

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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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Sources: Manning set to retire at the end of the season

Darren Conolly reported on twitter at roughly 10:45 pacific time and reported one of the first rumours of the Broncos quaterback potentially retiring. A chain of tweets are saying that he may retire but no other sources have reported.

Heres the tweets:

 

“@DConnollyNFL: BREAKING: Source close to situation: #Broncos QB Peyton Manning is “leaning strongly towards retirement” after 2013-14 season #NFL

“@DConnollyNFL: Source also says “Manning is willing to put it all on the line for one more ring but the risks outweigh the benefits for him to continue”

“@DConnollyNFL: Expect if asked for any reports/Q’s concerning retirement talk to be shot down for now, Manning will announce on his own terms (continued)”

“@DConnollyNFL:  However, Manning has privately told people in his inner circle that he is almost certain that this is his last season #Broncos #NFL

 

 

 

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Kansas City Sign A Few Undrafted Free Agents

kansas_city_chiefs_rough_wallpaper-normalThe Kansas City Chiefs went to work after the 2013 NFL Draft was over signing some undrafted free agents, 17 of them coming within just 3 hours. Here is a list of them below!

  1. Missouri DE Brad Madison

  2. Vanderbilt DE Rob Lohr

  3. Wisconsin-Milwaukee Demetrius Harris

  4. Kansas FS Bradley McDougald

  5. Jackson State WR Rico Richardson

  6. Columbia DE/LB Josh Martin

  7. Sacramento State TE TJ Knowles

  8. University of Charleston RB Jordan Roberts

  9. New Haven DT Raheem Stanley

  10. Ole Miss OL A.J. Hawkins

  11. Kansas DE/LB Toben Opurum

  12. Maryland LB Darin Drakeford

  13. Michigan WR Darryl Stonum

  14. Kansas QB Dayne Crist

  15. Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey

  16. Ole Miss DE E.J. Epperson

  17. Oregon State OL Colin Kelly

  18. Indiana C Will Matte

  19. Tennesse QB Tyler Bray

  20. Texas A&M DB C.J. Jones

  21. Toledo DE TJ Fatinikun

  22. Villanova LS Adam Nelson

  23. Florida WR Frankie Hammond

  24. Stanford WR Drew Terrell

  25. West Alabama FS Otha Foster III

  26. Duke CB Tony Foster

  27. Missouri P Trey Barrow

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Grade the San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Draft

  1. Chargers(11th overall) D.J. Fluker (Draft Profile)
  2. (38th overall) Manti Te’o (Draft Profile)
  3. (76th overall) Keenan Allen (Draft Profile)
  4. (145th overall) Steve Williams (Draft Profile)
  5. (179th overall) Tourek Williams (Draft Profile)
  6. (221st overall) Brad Sorensen (Draft Profile)

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Grade the Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Draft

  1. Broncos-Logo-head-with-team-name(28th overall) Sylvester Williams (Draft Profile)
  2. (58th overall ) Montee Ball (Draft Profile)
  3. (90th overall) Kayvon Webster (Draft Profile)
  4. (146th overall) Quanterus Smith (Draft Profile)
  5. (161st overall) Tavarres King (Draft Profile)
  6. (173rd overall) Vinston Painter (Draft Profile)
  7. (234th overall) Zac Dysert (Draft Profile)

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Grade the Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft

  1. kansas city chiefs logo(1st overall) Eric Fisher (Draft Profile)
  2. (63rd overall) Travis Kelce (Draft Profile
  3. (96th overall) Knile Davis (Draft Profile)
  4. (99th overall) Nico Johnson (Draft Profile)
  5. (134th overall) Sanders Commings (Draft Profile)
  6. (170th overall) Eric Kush (Draft Profile)
  7. (204th overall) Braden Wilson (Draft Profile)
  8. (207th overall) Mike Catapano (Draft Profile)

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Grade the Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Draft

  1. imagesraiders(12th overall) D.J. Hayden (Draft Profile)
  2. (42nd overall)  Menelik Watson (Draft Profile)
  3. (66th overall) Sio Moore (Draft Profile)
  4. (112th overall) Tyler Wilson (Draft Profilel
  5. (172nd overall) Nick Kasa (Draft Profile)
  6. (181st overall) Latavius Murray (Draft Profile)
  7. (184th overall) Mychal Rivera (Draft Profile)
  8. (205th overall) Stacy McGee (Draft Profile)
  9. (209th overall) Brice Butler (Draft Profile)
  10. (233rd overall) David Bass (Draft Profile)

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Meet the Broncos 7th Round Pick Zac Dysert

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

Overview

It’s easy to finger Dysert (pronounced DYE-sert) as another MAC quarterback piquing the interest of NFL general managers, especially when he’s leading the same Miami team for which Ben Roethlisberger played before winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over his four years starting, Dysert ended up breaking Roethlisberger’s school career passing attempts, completions, and yardage records. So it’s natural for teams to watch him closely in the hopes his skill set will translate similarly to Roethlisberger’s (even if he doesn’t quite possess Roethlisberger’s arm strength or bulk) at the next level.

 

Dysert pulled down 2007 Ohio state high school player of the year honors (an award also won by Roethlisberger when he was an Ohio prep) despite relinquishing his quarterback duties for three-plus games due to a broken thumb; maybe the fact he moved to wide receiver and played linebacker during those games swayed the voters to give him the title. Dysert won the team’s scout player of the year award during his redshirt season of 2008 before playing in 11 games, with nine starts, the following season (2,611 yards, 61.6% completion rate, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions). He continued his progression as a passer as a sophomore (2,406, 64.7 percent, 13, 12), starting the first 10 games before suffering a lacerated kidney. The injury prevented Dysert from passing over the last four games, though he did return as the team’s placeholder for their GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State. He stayed healthy throughout the 2011 season, starting every game, passing for 3,513 yards and greatly improving his completion percentage (65.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (23-11). The Redhawks struggled during his senior season, going through a scheme change and posting a 4-8 record, but Dysert’s production remained steady (3,483, 62.9 percent, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), earning him third-team All-MAC honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL quarterback, and has more room to add muscle to his frame. Keeps a solid base, active feet, and has a reliable over-the-top delivery for his accurate passes to all levels of the field. Good athlete for his size, able to sidestep and run away from blitzers in the backfield while usually keeping his eyes downfield to see if a receiver breaks open. Picks up first downs, or simply gets something out of nothing, with his feet. Shows the strength, in terms of body and arm, to get passes off with defenders hanging off his body in the pocket. Will get out of bounds instead of taking a hit on the run. Has experience both under center and in shotgun, but played in more of a shotgun spread scheme during his senior year. Flashes anticipation on crossing routes to hit his man on the run. Throws accurately on the move to his left or right, and will stop to set his feet if there’s time on moving pockets. His arm is strong enough to fling the ball 40 yards downfield on the run, and also to throw in tight windows over the middle. Flashes great placement on fades and sideline throws, puts ball on his man’s shoulder where only he can catch it. Good strength to pull down the ball at the last minute as well as step through tackle attempts in the pocket. Communicates with receivers pre-snap if he sees something worth exploiting in the defense. Big body and quick feet are helpful on quarterback sneaks. Mechanically sound overall. Has held for placement kicks.

Weaknesses

Pocket poise needs to improve; takes off from the pocket if his primary read is covered or he sees pressure, but is also inconsistent feeling backside rushers. Needs to prove he can find check-downs and secondary options from the pocket. Will stare down his target, allowing defenders to follow his eyes to the ball. Accuracy in the intermediate portion of the field can be streaky. Straight-line speed and elusiveness aren’t elite, quicker NFL defenders will track him down in the pocket and will make him pay for running too often. May have picked up bad habits playing for an undermanned team. Can be prone to over-improvisation and trusts his arm too much at times, throwing balls up for grabs or across his body into traffic over the middle.

NFL Comparison

Ben Roethlisberger

Bottom Line

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.

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Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick David Bass

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

Overview

Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

 

Above information from NFL Network

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